Had Some Peace

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, October 29, 1912:  That kid is away for tonight, so I had some peace this evening. Had an exam today.

Jimmie Muffly, circa 1913

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I wonder where Grandma’s 7-year-old brother Jimmie was. . . Maybe at a friend’s house for a sleep-over?

Grandma seldom mentioned Jimmie in the diary—yet she commented on his absence.

On a typical evening—when she doesn’t have “peace” –I wonder what types of things Grandma and Jimmie did together.

Did Grandma ready stories to Jimmie?  Did they tease each other? When Grandma was trying to do her homework, did Jimmie beg Grandma to play games with him? . . .

4 thoughts on “Had Some Peace

  1. Oh, Miss Muffly. Am thinking that this may have been a bit of a “tongue in the cheek” comment. You had an exam earlier in the day and maybe were looking for a bit of fun, games and “light relief” in playing with your little bro??? … but maybe I’m “barking up the wrong tree” just like that gorgeous dog maybe did at times … 🙂

  2. My mother’s brother was very cute as a little kid and eight years younger than she was. She use to refer to him as “the pest.” Some things don’t change. I think sibling rivalry is one of those things… 🙂

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